The Graduate Reviews

February 3, 2020
Every cinematic cliche, every formula plot device, every pseudo-intellectual ploy, every sentimental gimmick, every prefabricated, sure-fire boxoffice ingredient designed to empty pocketbooks and dampen hankies is present in this despicable movie.
January 30, 2020
Pretends to be chic and modern, but its hero is a bewildered young dropout who cannot BEGIN to say what he dislikes about the view from his rubber raft.
June 19, 2019
All this chopped steak is a give-away on the new tone in films; unless the material is thoroughly banal, it isn't considered chic.
March 13, 2018
Even though it captures the look and sound of much of the contemporary California scene so skillfully, The Graduate seems to me basically a copout.
October 25, 2011
Having an unlikeable protagonist is fine if our sympathy and understanding are effectively directed elsewhere. The problem, then, is that I can't figure out where, or who, that might be.
Top Critic
March 29, 2011
The screenplay, which begins as genuine comedy, soon degenerates into spurious melodrama.
September 9, 2007
I couldn't get past the fact what a tool Benjamin Braddock was.
June 25, 2006
Nichols takes an ad hoc approach to comic irony and the movie seems to have been enshrined by American audiences because each moment in isolation "works," no matter that they tend to cancel each other out.
June 24, 2006
The film itself is very broken-backed, partly because Anne Bancroft's performance as the mother carries so much more weight than Katharine Ross' as the daughter, partly because Nichols couldn't decide whether he was making a social satire or a farce.
February 17, 2003
Perhaps the most overrated film ever.
January 1, 2000
A simple romantic comedy whose "countercultural" message, insofar as it has one, is decidedly retrograde.